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CARTERET COUNTY — 2021 is upon us, but last year the News-Times covered challenges ranging from major redevelopment, to a feral cat trapping program, to a ban on ocean recreation, to rough weather and everything in between, all while covering a pandemic that transformed nearly everything.

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BOGUE — After a closed session at the end of their monthly meeting Monday night, town councilmen voted 5-0 in open session to hire Shawne Southard as the new town clerk.

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BOGUE — Town councilmen Monday voted unanimously to adopt the $157,798 fiscal 2020-21 budget, which retains the existing ad valorem property tax rate of 5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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BOGUE — Bogue Town Clerk Elizabeth Sweeney presented a proposed 2020-21 budget to the town council during its May 18 meeting that shows $157,798 in expected revenues and expenditures and the same property tax rate as in the current fiscal year, 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

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CEDAR POINT — The Western Carteret Fire Department had a busy afternoon Wednesday, responding to two fire calls back-to-back, the first near Peletier and the second about 6 to 7 miles away, near Bogue.

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CAPE CARTERET — County school officials are concerned about the impact of residential growth in the western part of the county on schools, especially White Oak Elementary.

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MOREHEAD CITY — A recent study of Highway 24 through Carteret and Onslow counties revealed there are a number of potential fixes to improve safety and mobility along the corridor, but not everyone in the county is on board with the recommended projects.

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BOGUE — Councilmen Monday night turned down, for now, an offer by the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments to write the town an ordinance that over time could reduce light pollution.